Having lived through the Great Depression and a world war and the Cold War, witnessing many social changes along the way, his life experiences shaped his world view and passion for social justice.
Throughout his life, he fought many a battle; not just as a serving member of the RAF during the Second World War, but also as a critic of austerity and a champion of human rights and the welfare state in doing what he believed what best for his country.
That he continued to do so until the very end - the 95-year-old’s last stand was touring refugee hotspots to, in his words, document and find a solution to the crisis - is testament to his committed character.
Much can be learnt from his integrity and his unwavering fight for what he believed in.
Rest in peace Harry, one of Yorkshire’s finest.